For many, the politically correct wave is the greatest thing to happen to this country. It is the all-encompassing concern. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you must not offend the minority. Those who are a little different have to get the majority of the concern. This, as I have reported, has led to the minority having more "special" rights than the majority. If you are a Christian or a male, you have to go to the back of the line. And this has become blatantly obvious in one New York City school.
The New York Post reports:
Santa Claus is banned. The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited. "Harvest festival" has replaced Thanksgiving, and "winter celebrations" substitute for Christmas parties.
New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct scrub-down, to the dismay of teachers and parents.
"We definitely can't say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa," PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. "No angels. We can't even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David."
Now, I know that growing up in the South, I am at somewhat a disadvantage. But, even with the Bible-belt curve in effect, this is strange. I know that everyone does not celebrate Christmas, but a ban on the word Christmas seems a little harsh. One should wonder if this is a city-wide thing. It seems not to be; it seems this is all Kim's idea.
The Post continued:
A memo last month from assistant principal Jose Chaparro suggested a "harvest festival instead of Thanksgiving or a winter celebration instead of a Christmas party." He urged staff to "be sensitive of the diversity of our families. Not all children celebrate the same holidays."
In a recent directive to all schools, the city Department of Education said it permits holiday symbols including Christmas trees, kinaras (candleholders for Kwanzaa), dreidels, Hanukkah menorahs and the Islamic star-and-crescent. Displays that "depict images of deities, religious figures or religious texts" are prohibited.
In a memo to staff this month, PS 169 business manager Johanna Bjorken added: "In case you are wondering about grey areas: Santa Claus is considered an 'other religious figure.' "
But even with the idea to not be religious specific this holiday season, what's with the Pledge of Allegiance?
The Post continues:
Santa was a part of the holidays at PS 169 for years. Joseph Iorio, a longtime assistant principal and the acting principal who preceded Kim, recalled state Assemblyman Felix Ortiz visiting the school dressed as Santa "many times."
Iorio also said he tapped student leaders to lead the Pledge of Allegiance every Monday morning. When Kim arrived, the school-wide pledge ended.
A DOE spokesman said classrooms can recite the pledge "at the teacher's discretion." But PS 169 teachers said that Kim never told them they could do so.
It seems that it is not just the fat guy in the red suit she is seeking to remove from the school. Maybe the pledge offends her, and she wishes to stop the kids from reciting allegiance to the republic for which the flag stands. In any case, what do you expect from state mandated schools?
UPDATE from Editor:
The New York Post reports, Sanity wins: School tosses principal's ban on Santa, Pledge of Allegiance:
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Sanity — and Santa — have been restored at a Brooklyn public elementary school where St. Nick was banned, the Pledge of Allegiance was dropped and Thanksgiving was replaced with a "harvest festival."
The good news arrived at PS 169 in Sunset Park on Monday morning, a day after The Post exposed the bizarre PC extremismof Principal Eujin Jaela Kim.
District 15 Superintendent Anita Skop stormed in the front door at 9:50 a.m., and minutes later, two fifth-grade boys were brought to the main office to lead a recital over the public address system of the Pledge of Allegiance, teachers told The Post.